Kim Min-jae (27, Naples), a key defender of the Korean national soccer team, refuted the recent rumors of discord within the national team, calling it “unfounded.”
Kim Min-jae’s agency Orange Ball issued a press release on the 31st and said, “It is not true that Kim Min-jae pointed out a specific player in an interview with the Korea Football Association.” “A media reported a report that could be interpreted as 스포츠토토‘rejecting or requesting exclusion from playing with a specific player,’” he said. did.
In addition, “Kim Min-jae has been in constant communication with officials from the Korea Football Association’s national team support group on various topics,” but drew a line, saying, “He has never shared the national team’s internal problems as a topic.”
Previously, this suspicion came after the controversy over Kim Min-jae’s ‘remarks on the retirement of the national team’. Kim Min-jae said in an interview after losing the game against Uruguay 1-2 on the 28th, “I am in a state of mental collapse,” and “I want to focus on my team rather than the national team.”
This was soon accepted as a suggestion of his retirement, causing a stir, and it was pointed out that it was a careless remark that lightened the weight of the Taegeuk mark. In the end, Kim Min-jae posted on Instagram the next day, “The meaning of hardship was misrepresented. After explaining that he apologized to those who were disappointed, he confessed that he felt mentally burdened by the recent large portion of the national team.
However, it was later confirmed that Kim Min-jae had temporarily cut off his Instagram friendship with Son Heung-min (Tottenham), and he was once again embroiled in gossip. In particular, since Son Heung-min was summoned to the national team and posted a statement saying that it was an honor, various speculations from netizens flooded. In the end, the controversy, which was regarded as a simple slip of the tongue, spread to rumors of discord within the team.
Here, one media reported on the 30th, citing an official in the soccer world while covering the related news, “Kim Min-jae expressed his feelings about being uncomfortable playing with a certain senior during the World Cup.”